Sarasota Overview

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Welcome to Sarasota

One of the most beautiful parts of Florida is Sarasota. Sarasota's history dates back to its origin as a Spanish colony. Today, the community still sees those influences through its historical, Spanish-influenced architecture and older, Mediterranean-style homes. Sarasota is located just south of Tampa on Florida’s picturesque Gulf Coast. The city offers an eclectic mix of attractions and features, from unspoiled beaches and world-class entertainment to waterfront dining and a delightful, lively downtown teeming with rich culture, walkable streets, and numerous shopping opportunities. Nearby Lido Beach and Siesta Key Beach and various green spaces offer a sense of relaxation to the area. There is always something to see or do in Sarasota, and residents can access some of Florida’s best amenities.

What to Love

  • Lots of activities and events happening around the city every weekend
  • Access to beautiful beaches and ocean recreation
  • Premium shopping and dining options
  • Lots of oceanfront modern and spacious homes with significant property sizes

Local Lifestyle

Life in Sarasota is about embracing the beach and the city’s vibrance. People develop a work hard, play hard mantra in this city, which is seen in the combination of tranquil spots and world-renowned companies scattered around every corner. Whether you want to be out on the water, at the park, or embracing the community through a local festival, there is always something to do and enjoy. The community welcomes residents from all backgrounds. The city focuses on its rich arts and cultural scene. 

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

If you are looking for a great family restaurant that offers fresh dishes and a variety of options, then Der Dutchman may be the right place for you and your loved ones. Nearby, Phillippi Creek Oyster Bar offers waterfront dining, a vast menu of freshly caught seafood, and a widely-loved oyster bar. Those craving seafood in a cozy, laidback setting should make reservations at Walt's Fish Market Restaurant. This longtime local spot serves maritime classics in a spacious tiki hut. 
When it's time to shop at high-end boutiques and retailers, take a trip to the University Town Center to see what is available. This upscale mall is home to luxury designers like Brooks Brothers, Free People, Kate Spade New York, Lululemon, Stuart Weitzman, and more. 

Things to Do

With endless things to do in Sarasota, you should put a few things at the top of your must-see list. The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art is home to some of the best galleries in the state. This pink, Renaissance-themed palace provides ample opportunities to learn about famous artists. Its 31 galleries offer a wide range of art styles. 
Each year, you should attend the Sarasota Film Festival. This long-awaited event attracts thousands of people to the area, eager to watch the nation’s newest and best independent films. 
When you want to get outside and enjoy an afternoon with family or simply get active, head to Nathan Benderson Park. This 600-acre park features numerous green spaces ideal for picnic lunches, miles of lake shoreline, rowing facilities, a boathouse, and a regatta center. If you want to stretch your legs or take your pet out for a long walk, Legacy Trail’s 12.5-mile route is a great place to start. This paved path sits along an abandoned railroad track and is great for walking, running, and bicycling. Myakka River State Park sprawling 37,000 acres provides many recreational activities, from hiking and river kayaking to camping and birdwatching. The park is brimming with Florida’s iconic landscapes, and visitors can traverse wetlands and dense forests at any time as they explore the park. 


Sarasota County Public Schools serve the community of Sarasota and is home to top-rated schools, including:
  • Pine View School, Grades PK-5, ranked as the #1 elementary school in Florida
  • Ashton Elementary School, Grades PK-5, a state-recognized model school and is one of the best schools in the state 
  • Southside Elementary School, Grades K-5, highly-rated elementary school 

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